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The After-Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) and Quick Path IDS (QPIDS) Pilot Have Been Extended

The After-Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) and Quick Path IDS (QPIDS) pilot have been extended to September 30, 2016. AFCP 2.0 authorizes additional time for examiners to search and/or consider responses after final rejection. The QPIDS pilot program eliminates the requirement for processing of a request for continued examination (RCE) with an information disclosure statement (IDS) filed after payment of the issue fee in order for the IDS to be considered by the examiner.

More information on these and other USPTO programs can be found here.